Colorado Heroin Ring Arrests Highlight Illegals’ Role in U.S. Crime

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'Highly organized' criminal enterprise sold huge quantities of deadly drugs — most of these men had been deported previously
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It is time to secure our borders and to make e-Verity mandatory
Article author: 
Brendan Kirby
Article publisher: 
Polizette
Article date: 
January 14, 2018
Article category: 
Colorado News
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Six people — most of whom had been deported previously — have been charged with participating in a heroin ring in Colorado.

Jefferson County District Attorney Pete Weir announced the 61-count indictment on Thursday....

Fred Elbel, co-director of the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform, told LifeZette the bust highlights the need for a tougher approach to illegal immigration.

“It should come as no surprise that individuals apprehended in the heroin ring are predominantly illegal aliens,” Elbel said. “A reasonable response at this time would be to secure America’s border and to implement mandatory E-Verify so that illegal aliens will not be able to displace American workers.”

... According to the indictment, Fermin Flores-Rosales, 41, collected the money and on occasion wired it outside of the country....

“This indictment and the dismantling of this heroin ring goes a long way toward stopping the flow of heroin into our community,” Weir said in a statement. “This is a great example of teamwork between local and federal law enforcement agencies in Colorado.”...

“We don’t even know what the statistics are in sanctuary cities because we don’t have data,” he said. “We don’t know what we don’t know.”

Michael Cutler, a former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) agent who served for a decade on an interagency drug task force, said there is no reliable way to determine that because the government does not keep track of it and some states and municipalities actively obscure the residency status of people in jails....

President Donald Trump’s administration, which last month released data showing that about 20 percent of federal inmates were born in foreign countries, has committed to trying to build a national database of the immigration status of people incarcerated at the federal, state and local levels.

Related: Noncitizens Make Up One in Five Federal Prisoners, Report Shows

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